By Jake Donovan
Any worries of this weekend's headliner between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley lacking super fight buzz were immediately alleviated the moment the doors opened at the MGM Grand for Friday's live weigh-in.
A capacity crowd of more than 5,000 rabid fans crammed into the famed Vegas venue for the afternoon's festivities, in which all of the fighters appearing on Saturday's card hit the scales Friday afternoon.
Pacquiao came in at the divisional limit of 147 lb., while Bradley stepped on the scale at a chiseled 146 lb.
The bout serves as the headliner of a four-fight HBO PPV telecast (Saturday 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KO) makes the fourth defense of the alphabet welterweight belt he acquired with a 12th round stoppage of Miguel Cotto in Nov. '09.
Bradley (28-0, 12KO) fights at the welterweight limit for just the second time since becoming a major player in the 140 lb. division. The sculpted Californian has made his mark as the best super lightweight on the planet as he vies for a title in a second weight class in by far the biggest fight of his career.
Manny Pacquiao 147 lb. v. Tim Bradley 146 lb. - 12 rds for Pacquiao's 147 lb. title
Jorge Arce 123.5 lb. v. Jesus Rojas 123.5 - 10 rounds, featherweight non-title fight
Mike Jones 146.5 lb. v. Randall Bailey 146 lb. - 12 rds, vacant welterweight title
Guillermo Rigondeaux 122 lb. v. Teon Kennedy 122 lb - 12 rds for Rigondeaux' 122 lb title
Michael Zewski 149 lb. v. Ryan Grimaldo 149 lb. - 8 rds, welterweight
Jesse Hart 165 lb. v. Manuel Eastman 161 lb. - 4 rds, super middleweight
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